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Spotlight Best Practice Organization Spinal Cord Injury Program – GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Dr. Andrei Krassioukov, Associate Director of Rehabilitation Research for ICORD, and his colleagues at UBC and GF Strong, Drs. Warburton, Eng and Townson, have been building a translational research enterprise with a focus on CVD, OH and AD. Their clinical research program spans from animal models to human studies to community applications (e.g., conducting research on AD during the 2012 Paralympic Games, where they assisted with education and research, as part of a cardiovascular clinic). As Principal Investigator, on a recently-awarded CIHR team grant, Dr. Krassioukov will work with four major SCI research and rehabilitation academic centres (Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Hamilton) to focus on cardiovascular health, in individuals with chronic SCI: locomotor training, education and knowledge translation - a first for Canadian spinal cord rehabilitation. The leadership on development of international standards, combined with a set of guidelines and education for addressing AD for clinicians, emergency room physicians and paramedics, shows how Vancouver is leading the way, both nationally and internationally, to put standards into practice. At GF Strong, in addition to completing an ASIA assessment, every individual is assessed for autonomic dysfunctions, using the new international standards for documentation of autonomic functions after SCI (ISAFSCI) that were approved in 2012 - a first for Canada. CARDIOVASCULAR INTEGRITY | BODY STRUCTURE AND FNUCTION 135


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